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Rising Stars: Meet Zone Sheats

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zone Sheats.

Hi Zone, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Decatur, GA. After taking some Fine Art classes along with Intro to Acting at my Alma Mater Howard University I knew I wanted to pursue the entertainment business. Upon graduating in 2016 with my BA, I chose to move to a place where I could chase my dream and Los Angeles, CA was that place for me. Because “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” atleast that’s what I heard. My first year in acting wasn’t very successful. It wasn’t til I signed with Vera Kim and Boudoir Agency in my second year in California when landed a national commercial with Kingford Charcoal. To this date, I have worked several commercial projects, one movie, two shorts, and one web series. Now I am repped by Andy Rooney at Midwest Talent Management and you can follow my acting journey at https://5fac17830aa7a.site123.me/ aka Zonetheactor.com. It wasn’t until two years ago that I started making music. One of my favorite songs out right now is Momma’s Song and Top Down. You can check out my music on all platforms just search for Zone Sheats or head over to ZoneSheats.com.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, it has not been a smooth road. That’s why there are terms like the struggling actor. But what helped me stay afloat was working and using my BA in Physical Education and working with elementary and middle school students. However, there is still a struggle with juggling multiple jobs and pursuing the entertainment industry, where you definitely need money to even make a dent in the industry. Sometimes I missed auditions when I didn’t have a ride or couldn’t make it because of conflicting work schedules. But I still count my blessings because of the auditions that I made and booked because there are still some who have been pursuing this for years and get nothing.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Zone loves the kids. I work with a company that works with schools as a fundraising event. But it so much more than that. We’re at a campus for two weeks teaching leadership lessons that prepare them for life. And at the end of the program, we do a fun run where the students run up to 36 laps around a course the size of a basketball court. I have been working this job since arriving to LA and I owe them credit for keeping me just above that struggling artist stigma. But since California is one of the most expensive states, I worked this job with two other part-time jobs to support me and my family and also being an actor and paying for studio time on my own.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
What makes me happy is my family. I’m a family man and I know a man is as good as his support system. Seeing My wife happy lets me know I’m doing my job as a husband and as a new father. Making a living doing what I love makes me happy. And Being in the Zone in an acting scene or in the studio makes me happy.

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